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photo Mechanic Jimmy Dunn works on a broken sewing machine at Cleveland, Tenn.-based Hardwick Clothes.

photo Allan Jones

photo Bruce Bellusci

photo Jeffery Diduch

Hundreds of fast fingers flew across strips of navy blue fabric, navigating the seams and stitches as Singer sewing machines pounded tirelessly through reams of cloth.

Nearby, steam rose from a row of presses, where dozens of workers finish each handmade jacket with a a hot iron before moving on to the next one.